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Guardian Life Program Leader, Strategic Portfolio Enablement in Helena, Montana

Guardian is seeking an experienced Program Leader, Strategic Portfolio Enablement to lead large scale strategic initiatives within Guardian’s Group Benefits Business. This is a newly created position that will be responsible for driving progress and business ownership, supporting all aspects of business case development, defining portfolio and initiative-level financial and operational success metrics, and engaging with internal and external stakeholders to ensure execution and sound change management. Group Benefits initiatives will encompass multiple product domains and customer segments, cross-functional teams, and third-party strategic partners. As a utility player, you will also lead ad hoc business initiatives and be the single point of accountability for the business on initiative progress, providing regular monthly and quarterly report outs to Group Benefits Senior Leadership.

You Are:

A seasoned professional with exceptional communication, presentation, content creation, analytical and change management skills as you will work closely with our business leaders, senior leadership, Enterprise Solution Delivery, and IT teams, amongst other internal groups. Strategic thought leadership, an optimistic solutions-oriented attitude, and a drive for achieving superior business results is a must.

You Have:

  • 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience with minimum of 3 years of insurance industry experience

  • 3+ plus years of portfolio management, management consulting, product, or operations experience

  • Successfully led at least 3+ division-level, cross-functional strategic investment programs

  • Can work in a highly ambiguous and fast-paced environment.

  • Self-starter, highly motivated, strategic thinker who can lead independent stakeholder conversations and provide thought leadership

  • Can drive portfolio-aligned business results across Business and technology disciplines

  • Strong, proven communications, collaboration, and consensus building skills, along with active listening skills

  • Ability to adjust communication style and content to different levels and audiences

  • Experience synthesizing conceptual strategies into defendable investment proposals and leading complex programs

  • Comfortable with data analysis and presenting data

  • Highly organized and energetic with an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Communicates a clear, vivid, inspiring, and relevant description or picture of project benefits/value to the customer

  • Strong business acumen and familiarity with broad range of business processes beyond those impacted projects

  • Able to effectively interact with various levels of an organization both technical and non-technical to discuss comprehensive portfolio investments performance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Management consulting experience (tier 2 or better)

  • Finance experience within office of CFO or financial planning and analysis

  • Experience in content creation and presentation (C suite -1 and below)

  • Active Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent

  • Prior Product Management experience a plus

  • Group Insurance experience

You Will:

  • Drive the successful management for Group Benefits’ strategic investment portfolio

  • Support leadership in leading business investments across multiple product and sales domains

  • Drive portfolio executive briefing materials, including weekly, monthly, and quarterly business reviews, and portfolio review meetings

  • Rally the cross functional teams throughout the enterprise and hold teams and individuals accountable for timelines and deliverables

  • Leverage business knowledge and expertise to drive results

  • Freely contributes unique thoughts and opinions based on individual experience and learnings while actively seeking the same exchange from others

Reporting Relationships

As the Portfolio Enablement Manager, you will report to the head of Group Portfolio Enablement, who reports to the head of Strategy and Innovation.


This position is hybrid with work from home flexibility. You will need to be within a commutable distance for onsite meetings, as needed to one of the following locations, New York, NY, Holmdel NJ, Bethlehem PA, Stamford CT.


Up to 10% travel within US

Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Salary Range

$79,450.00 - $147,550.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity

  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs

  • Matching gifts/volunteering

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact .

Every day, Guardian helps our 29 million customers realize their dreams through a range of insurance and financial products and services. Our Purpose, to inspire well-being, guides our dedication to the colleagues, consumers, and communities we serve. We know that people count, and we go above and beyond to prepare them for the life they want to live, focusing on their overall well-being — mind, body, and wallet. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we put our customers first. Behind every bright future is a GuardianTM. Learn more about Guardian at .